Greytown mayor marries in lavish style

2013-02-18 00:00

GREYTOWN mayor Philani “PG” Mavundla tied the knot with his fourth wife, Mpume Cele (22), at Didima Resort in the Drakensberg on Friday.

Mavundla’s first wife, Thandi, died in 2010. He has a wife in Greytown and another who lives in Swaziland.

Over 100 guests attended the wedding, which started three hours late.

Mavundla, arguably the country’s richest mayor and a well-known businessman, and his young wife arrived in limousines. They walked up the aisle in the resort’s manicured garden surrounded by the mountains.

The mayor’s mother, Sizane “MaNgubane” Mavundla, sang praises as women ululated.

A rain shower blessed the couple as they exchanged vows, but the guests abandoned them and fled for cover, watching from verandahs as the “I dos” were said.

However, the rain did not appear to spoil the lavish after-party.

There was an open bar and three-course meal, and some of the guests’ accommodation was paid in full.

Award-winning singer Siphokazi Maraqana entertained the guests.

Among the guests were businessman S’bu Mpisane, whose wife, Shauwn, is facing several charges of corruption and defeating the ends of justice. Mpisane said he drove straight from court on Friday to attend his friend’s wedding.

In his short speech, he described Mavundla as a “friend, brother and a father”, and thanked him for supporting him through difficult times.

Duma ka Ndlovu, creator of the popular SABC soapie Muvhango, was MC.

Mavundla (46) thanked the Cele family for raising him a wife and joked that he expected her to cook him “nice food” and bear him many children.

“Ten children will be okay,” he said. The new bride shed tears, saying: “I didn’t think I’d be here one day”.

The Top Billing wedding, as many called it, started with a Valentine’s Day dinner and ended with the traditional wedding in Greytown, which was attended by President Jacob Zuma.

In 2009, Mavundla slaughtered 20 cattle to celebrate Zuma’s ascendancy to the presidency.

• gabisile.ngcobo@witness.co.za

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